Classic Barrel Design

Did you notice that Redwood Outdoors specializes in barrel saunasIt’s not by chance that our catalogue is filled with this design. If you’re in the market for an outdoor sauna, chances are you’ll want a barrel-shape too. Here’s why…

The Barrel Design Heats Up Faster

There’s actually science behind the barrel shape. Consider a traditional box-shaped room—there’s unusable space in the corners. In cabin-style saunas, those unused corners are spaces that need to be heated up too. Once they’re shaved down, there’s less area to heat, meaning the room warms up faster.

Heat is Distributed More Evenly

Heat rises and collects at the top of a box-shaped sauna. However, the curved walls of a barrel-shaped sauna force the heat back down the sides, distributing it more evenly.



The Wood Can Expand and Contract

Cabin-style saunas are often fitted together with all sorts of hardware to hold the pieces together. That may make them sturdy, but it doesn’t give the wood the ability to expand and contract. Conversely, our barrel saunas are fitted together with a tongue-and-groove technique, then held in place with a stainless steel band and minimal hardware. The wood forms a tight seal as the room heats up and releases when it cools. The same function is beneficial when there are exterior temperature and humidity shifts too.

Barrel Designs are Structurally Sound and Weather-Resistant

The unique design ensures the sauna stays structurally sound and protects it through the seasons as well. Rain and snow typically slide right off, but the sturdy design also enables the sauna to withstand any snow that sticks. We also include polymer support cradles which keep your unit off the ground and protect it from moisture.

Energy Efficiency is Tops

Due to the faster heating and even distribution, barrel saunas are incredibly energy efficient. Redwood Outdoors also uses thicker lumber for better insulation.

You Can Lounge Comfortably

The rounded edges naturally cradle your back as you sit on the bench, ensuring optimal comfort. However, barrel saunas are also long enough to stretch out on a bench lengthwise and offer flat back support this way.

They’re Aesthetically Pleasing

The traditional Scandinavian design is simple, yet elegant. You can tuck your sauna away in a natural environment and have it blend seamlessly or make it a focal point by landscaping around it. Redwood Outdoors offers several varieties with elements like porches and floor-to-ceiling windows, so it’s easy to find a style that suits. Explore our barrel saunas here